Old 03-20-2011, 04:55 AM   #1
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I'm quite happy and proud that I got this shot accepted and before it did I felt confident it would.

Since I not many people have commented on my other two pictures, which is fine, I would like to post this here and see what you all think! Any comments welcome, if you think it sucks I won't prefer the comment but I'll take it. And then maybe tips to make it better?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=357489
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:02 AM   #2
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Exclamation Good job getting on.

It's your first.

Congrats.

It is a solid shot for this site.

It doesn't make me jump up and down, but who am I?

If you want to see what excites me, look at my favorites, or what I shoot.

So what is next?
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:04 AM   #3
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It's actually my third accepted shot to the database.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=312068

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=322693

Those are my other two.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:04 AM   #4
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But I do thank you for the comments! I know that not everyone is going to love my shot but still, someone might love it!
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:20 AM   #5
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Lightbulb Of three.

The view numbers on your other two are respectable.

Not bad.

Keep it up.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:22 AM   #6
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I'll be honest, I've never heard that comment before and it boosts my confidence I will say. Thank you!
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:40 AM   #7
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Comments tend to be reserved for photos that stand apart from the rest on RP. Not a rule, but in general, and in quantity, that is often the case. Do a quick search of "most commented" or "most favorited", or even browse through the POTW and PC choices and you'll get a sense of what generates the type of interest where viewers become compelled to take the time to comment.

Your shot is nice. Very nicely composed and lit but what is it about the image that really excites you? Sometimes it can be more of an achievement specific to a personal challenge - such as, this train never shows in daylight... or this engine was really hard to catch... or, OMG, it got accepted on RP! You got a solid shot but if you seek comments outside your circle of friends, and after you've got the basics down, go for something with "wow factor", or should I say, more wow factor. You got the basics down - now go for a bluer sky, a sky with interesting clouds, a more scenic location, perhaps some interesting weather or lighting such as sunrise, set or glint. Maybe a new angle, low to the ground or from above, ect - something that while scrolling through the images, makes one stop in their tracks.

This is not to say you need to stop shooting similar shots - every shot every day every time can not be that way and there is more to photography then comments, favorites and awards, but when it's comments you are after, or diversity - try something less often seen.

Good luck - look forward to your future submissions.

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Double post...

But, as long as I'm here again, I did notice your image is a bit underexposed and has slight vignetting on the corners (dark corners).
When images are underexposed they tend to get looked over as they lack some needed punch.

Photoshop has a built in feature to compensate for vignetting. Otherwise you can dodge (lighten) the corners manually.
As for underexposed - you can bump up the exposure, or go to curves or levels and slide the midrange slider a bit.

/Mitch

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Talking The "wow" factor.

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...[portion omitted].... after you've got the basics down, go for something with "wow factor", or should I say, more wow factor. /Mitch
In one word: Canoe

In two words: Chick butt

BTW: No Ringworm shots - they make Charles sick.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:56 AM   #10
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In two words: Chick butt
I second this motion.

Edit: Congrats on your third accepted shot. I still say the first one is always the best, especially if you tried like crazy to get one on here.

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Old 03-20-2011, 05:57 AM   #11
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Congratulations on your third accepted photo. As for not receiving the feedback you had wished, remember that this is the most well known railroad photo database with a lot of competition. Basic photos (like your most recent submission) are not likely to receive a ton of feedback, in terms of views, comments, or favorites. It does not make it a bad image, it's simply a basic photo that we see often here on RP.

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